A convenience store owner decided to shame a tiny rat caught “stealing” pieces of rice in Zhuhai, China. The rat was tied up with string by Lai Tiancai, owner of the store, who then hung a sign around its neck which read: (as if the rat were able to tell his own story)
“I won’t dare do this again,” and “Huh, is the the best you could do? Even if you beat me to death, I would not admit that the rice at your home has been stolen by me.”
The two photos of the rat tied up being shamed were posted on social media, and soon went viral on Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging platform, showing the rodent tied up to what seemed to be a trolley. According to the Daily Mail, the owner stated it “was just a rat and this was a small incident,” however most online reactions tended to pity the animal – labeling Tiancai’s action as animal cruelty and a “sick stunt”:
“Heartbreaking – Rats might not be as cute and cuddly as cats and dogs, but they feel pain and suffer all the same.”
“Every ordinary thing has life, why torture a rat? If you were a rat, would you find this cruel after you were killed? Stealing rice is part of a rat’s nature. It did it to survive.”
More than 6,000 people responded to the photos; not finding them amusing and expressed their disgust at the cruel display. The person who uploaded the photos to Weibo, using the screen name ‘jiu lian shan she zhang‘, notified the Shenzhen Traffic Police asking for an investigation. In response, the police posted three smiling face emojis on their official account.
Isn’t every life valuable? No animal deserves to be tortured – bottom line!
(Photos of rat tied up via Weibo screenshots.)
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